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What would be the best JavaScript book for beginner?

Please someone suggest me what would be the best JavaScript book for beginner.

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There is a common saying “It’s Better Late Than Never”. If you have not got a chance to learn pure JavaScript yet and jumped directly into jQuery or other frameworks, you might want to gain some basic knowledge on JavaScript in order to improve your advanced coding capabilities.

For me, books are always much better than some blogs or online course. But that’s my personal opinion. So, here are the best Javascript books for beginners:

1. Javascript in Ten Minutes

The title is a bit hyped and in order to read this book, you will need to have clear understanding of the basic concepts of JavaScript. Spencer Tipping, the author, gives you a brief intro towards the advanced features of JavaScript like lazy scooping, use of iterators, behavior of variables etc.

2. You Don’t Know JS (series)

Kyle Simpson wrote this series of books to guide a developer from beginner to advanced level. This is for readers who are willing to have a deep understanding of JavaScript. Each book in the series brings forward a well explained material on every subject of JavaScript. You will be explained in a detailed manner regarding how everything works behind the browser.

3. JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook

This book is written by Danny Goodman and after finishing the first edition, the reader must dive into the second edition where the writer explains simple solutions to complicated scripting problems commonly faced by web developers. Each chapter contains a specific code or solution which the reader can directly use in their application.

4. JavaScript: The Definitive Guide

This is a series of books written by David Flanagan. The first book covers all the basic programming concepts, functions, objects, etc. The second book mainly covers core JavaScript concepts. In the third book, you will get an overview of server-side scripting along with functions related to W3C DOM.

5. JavaScript Goodies

Joe Burns and Andree Growney help the readers to master the core fundamentals of JavaScript and guides them to program their websites according to the way they want it to work.

6. Effective JavaScript: 68 Specific Ways to Harness the Power of JavaScript

David Herman will take you on a guided tour and will introduce you to some advanced scripting quirks in this book. You will get a chance to explore the best practices to follow while working with objects, arrays, libraries, function and API design. No matter what your skill level is, you will learn something new.

7. Beginning JavaScript

Jeremy McPeak and Paul Wilton aim to teach you the basics before you start experimenting with scripting. Starting from basic syntax, you will soon level up and become an expert in creating complex web applications.

8. JavaScript Step by Step

Steve Suehring makes it sure that without any experience in programming, the reader learns the fundamentals of JavaScript step by step with exercises that are easy to follow, codes and examples.

9. Human JavaScript

Written by Henrik Joreteg, this book covers the proper recipe for cooking simple and easy to maintain code with the right amount of ingredients like event handling, templates, views and finally garnishing with configuration and testing. This is a must read if you are willing to cook a bug free recipe with your team.

Knowledge is endless and in order to learn more, one needs to dive deeper in the sea of books. The above-mentioned JavaScript books will help programmers of any level get a clear understanding of how scripting works. Some of them are free for download and the others can be purchased at a decent price online. Have fun reading.

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